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St. Paul

AKA Saul

Born: c. 10 AD
Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey
Died: 29-Jun-65 AD
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, Italy

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: Ancient Rome
Executive summary: First Christian evangelist

St. Paul was named Saul at birth, raised a pharisaical Jew and Roman citizen in a prominent family, and was well-educated. He was a fierce critic and persecutor of Jesus and his followers, personally leading in the murder of St. Stephen by stoning. There is no evidence that he ever met Jesus while he was alive, but according to Biblical accounts, he was miraculously blinded by the light of the Lord on the road to Damascus, and his eyesight was subsequently restored by baptism.

After this, he began his Christian ministry under his new name, as Paul. Accompanied by Barnabus, he became the first missionary of Christianity, traveling to Cypress, Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Lycaonia, and establishing churches at Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. In later missions he brought the Christian gospel to Athens, Beroea, Corinth, Ephesus, Galatia, Philippi, Thessalonica. His letters to the churches he established comprise as many as fourteen canonical Epistles, though authorship is in some cases disputed, and he may have written other epistles lost to history.

Persecuted as a Jew and by Jews as a Christian, he was imprisoned for two years in Caesarea, and later imprisoned in Rome, where he is believed to have been beheaded by order of Nero in the year 67.

    Converted to Christianity 33 AD
    Founded Religion
    Seized by a Mob Jerusalem (57 AD)
    Held Prisoner
    Flogged at Philippi
    Changed Name
    Jewish Ancestry
    Biblical Figures

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